The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum connects people to the natural world through their love of shells and the animals that create them.


One of the best things to do on Sanibel, the Museum offers fun and educational activities for the whole family. Kids love touching live mollusks in our touch pools, winning scavenger hunt prizes, and watching our Giant Pacific Octopus (not all mollusks grow shells!). Come visit the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks!

H2O Lecture Series

Free, Virtual Event, Presented via Zoom.

Feb 25


"Southwest Florida's Water

Quality Challenges and the

Urgent Need to Complete

Everglades Restoration"


By James Evans, Environmental Policy Director, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

Mar 25


"Shells and Bad Water:

Ocean Acidification

and its Effects

on Mollusks"

By José Leal, Ph.D.,

Interim Director & Curator Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Apr 22


"Blue Revolution:

A Water Ethic

for America

and Florida"

By Cynthia Barnett,




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Download the Shell Museum shell identification app on the app store!
Download the Shell Museum shell identification app on the Google Play store!

Take a photo of a shell and our app will identify it using machine learning. Every photo you take helps it get smarter! You can also browse the entire Southwest Florida Shell Guide.

Download the Shell Museum App